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Wokay…7 years of Blogging : Rambling Reflections

It ​all started on 23rd Dec 2009. You might ask “Why did you start Blogging” Well, I have a simple answer for it – I am normal person who likes to read simple blogs (without HR Jargons) hence I started writing blogs, so that I could understand it while reading it. Period 🙂

Things that I learnt while blogging (Here we go, time for some gyan!!!)

a) “Always write for yourself and don’t ever, ever, ever try to please the audience”

b) Stick to basics

c) “Your Blog Title must be one of its kind 🙂

Here are my top 5 favorite Blogs so far. As they say, the best is yet to come:

d) Wokay….. last but not the least, in fact the most important thing I learnt – Just have fun and be your real self 🙂

As mentioned in the 2nd point, here are the numbers. But no numbers can beat this feeling when people ask you “Are you that Rambling Recruiter Guy” Just amazing feeling. That is the most satisfying ROI ever. So now you know, when you ask me about my ROI of blogging, this is exactly what you will get to hear 🙂

Coming back to numbers, here you go


So looking forward to 2017. Hope to cover more and more interesting topics and as promised, will continue not to use Jargons 🙂

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

No Jargon : That’s a promise!!

The results are out!!! It’s time to uncover some interesting insights around the world famous keyword aka “Jargon”. I am sure we have all used it in some or the form, forums, events, workplace, outside workplace and so on 🙂 This is a small attempt to capture the pulse and thoughts of folks who are exposed to the world of Jargons. They could be folks who have used it or were at receiving end of a Jargon.

So, enough of gyan. Let’s look at the results.

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I am sure by now you would agree that Jargons are everywhere. It’s a choice to use it or not. But would be great to know your views, inputs, suggestions, reactions around these results.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Dare : A Bold New HR aka #SHRMI16 in 140 Characters


Just 140 characters!!

It was time for 1000+ HR folks to gather at the biggest HR event aka SHRM Annual Conference. 2 days of non-stop learning, sharing and connecting with passionate and inspiring HR folks. The discussions were not just restricted within the 4 walls of the conference room. They went viral all over Social Media Platforms. Twitter being the most happening place of all and guess what #SHRMI16 was trending on Twitter within 60 mins of the event being opened.

So let’s take a look at some of the interesting discussions that happened at the event in just 140 characters :

Learning never stops. So why stop exploring more tweets 🙂 Go on and share your feedback, insights, views and inputs around this interesting theme : Dare a Bold New HR 🙂 

So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such BOLD tweets on #SHRMI16.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Google Allo : HR’s New Best Friend!!!

“Send a reminder mail to Mr. Jayant, Miss Naina and Mr. Kunjal for sending across their Education and Work Experience Certificates”

“Share the list of last weekend drives final Dot Net and Java Selects. Also attach their Interview Assessment Sheets”

“Do Schedule a meeting with Mr. Kamdar on 5th Oct at 4pm IST for discussion around celebrating #WomanAtWork. Also attach Diversity Hiring Report 2016 with the schedule”

Response: Done 🙂 Happy to help.

So, by now you would have realized that I am dictating this to someone and that someone has done the needful. Any guess who this someone might be? Well, it’s my new friend aka Google Allo. Life has become easy and I am able to focus on other productive work. All I have to do is type these instructions and Google Allo (Assistant) will do the rest. This is really an amazing way to delegate some transactional work and it surely saves lot of your time. You can ask for reports, schedule meeting, set reminders, ask Allo to also attach important files, links, Videos, Pictures and so on.

One of the major challenges that hiring professionals face during weekend drives is to follow up with candidates, remind them about their schedule, ask them to bring in the required documents and also follow up again on the day of the weekend drive. Allo can help you do it all. All you have to type in the required instructions and that’s it 🙂 Simple right.

And guess what, post the event Allo can send in thank you note to all those who have attended the recruitment drive. To make things more interesting, Allo can also send the list of Final Selects to the Delivery Manager. That’s amazing stuff. All this possible just by typing 😉

Here are a few more examples that might help you to leverage Google Allo:

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So how many of you actually tried it out!!! Did it work for you? Yes, No!!!  Before you remove me from your friends list, let me confess; this does not work as of now. But this will soon be a reality and HR will benefit a lot from this. Getting Data will not be boring anymore. It will be just a chat away. (Was tempted to use this line “Data is the new OIL”) 

Would be great to know your views, comments and suggestions on any other ways in which Allo or any other  Assistant apps can helps our HR community.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

Dare : A Bold New HR

Who dare wins!!! Have you read this before? I’m sure most of you would have. It’s been long since I have been reading and hearing all sorts of things about “Do we need HR” “Can companies live without HR Function” and so on. Thanks to the so called tons and tons of HR Jargons that are being used these days, to confuse us and employees too. As they say, if you can’t convince, confuse them 😉 Let me take this opportunity to just say this : HR = HUMAN Resource “As long as we have Humans on earth (Soon Mars), they would need HR” That’s a BOLD statement right? Well, that’s the need of the hour and a fact too.

So, enough of convincing (Not Confusing) you all. Following post is all about getting to know the pulse of passionate working professionals about their views on “The Bold New HR”. This is an interesting theme that SHRM India has come up with this year for their Annual Event.

Let’s get started. There were just 3 questions that were asked to the audience and all they had to do was cast their vote. There were NOJARGONS used, nor was it an alien language, it was pure simple and to the point questions. Here you go:

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Now that the results are out, I’m sure there would be loads of analysis, views, comments and suggestions. Feel free to add in your thoughts in the comments section of the blog. This will also help us as a HR community learn from each other.

PS : Do follow #SHRMI16 for some amazing insights around this BOLD theme – Dare : A Bold New HR

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

All about #TechHR16 in 140 characters

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain in 140 characters, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Kunjal Kamdar

It was time for the 3rd edition of TechHR and time to meet, learn and connect with the Who’s Who of the HR community. PeopleMatters as always managed to bring in amazing speakers, topics and provide a common learning platform for HR folks. Considering we all have a short attention span (Reading too); following are the tweets aka 140 Characters.

Here you go:

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Hope this collection of tweets might help you gain some interesting insights from the world of TechHR. In case you are on Twitter, you can also connect with the speakers in 140 characters right here : goo.gl/uYtxnJ

Looking forward to your views, comments and thoughts around TechHR16.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

Reboot Appraisal : 2.0!!!

It was that time of the year when both employee and employers were nervous. Yes, you guessed it right – Appraisal Discussion. I was all set with my list of achievements, awards, target achieved, appreciation mails etc. But there was this unpleasant silence in the room. Yet, I managed to keep a check on my nerves.

Soon the conference door opened and I was now in front of my manager. IT showed no emotions, no smile, no frowning, no nothing. Just a straight face. I was ready with my list and the discussion went on and on. IT did not sweat, nor did it take any breaks between the questions. IT was very clear, to the point, absolutely precise. It was a boring discussion for me and I was glad when it ended. But it did not end well for my manager. IT had crashed by the end of the discussion. My only concern was that IT should have saved this discussion or else I would have to go through the torture.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, let me tell you that the IT I have been talking about is a ROBOT. I won’t be surprised to see robots as our bosses. Perhaps, we will report to them, they will appraise us and who knows, FIRE us too!

But my curiosity (aka problem) is bigger than this.

– Will we, as employees, manage to work in harmony with robots?

– Will robots have the authority to fire employees (Us, humans)?!

– Will there be new policy that will protect robot’s interests?

– Will there be situations when humans will file a case against a robot for being unfair or being biased?

I’m pretty damn moved and imagining such situation. What about you? Share your views, ideas and apprehensions about this; not that far from reality, are we? 🙂

Mother, Our Life Line

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a very modern world concept but a noble one. Moms have always been our lifeline, our support, our mentors, our best friends. We celebrate Mother’s Day this May 8th , since this day is absolutely close to my heart, I thought of sharing some workday ideas with the readers which are easy to implement.

Following are a list of idea that can be implemented very easily and will surely have a positive impact at workplace :

 A thank you note from the CEO or HR sent across to all working moms. This is a great way of reinstating your belief in them and letting them know how much they mean to the organization and how they are an integral part of your growth story

– If possible frame their Family portrait at their desk, nice surprise for them at the start of their day will just do wonders and make them smile for sure.

Invite their family members, especially their kids to office and let them see their work-spaces, meet their office friends and mingle with their peers, colleagues and bosses. Good way of integrating the extended family. You could also have a fun photo booth for the families, they can carry those memories back with them

– Organize a special lunch for all the working moms, if possible, tie-up with different outlets which can offer them discount on products, services. As I am sure, this group wouldn’t mind extra pampering and love.

– If possible invite a keynote speaker who can talk to them about career aspirations, work-life balance and the group can share tips with each other.

– A perfect occasion to launch Day Care Center if at all your company is planning to set it. This can also be a very great retention tool.

Ideally each day needs to be celebrated as “Mothers Day” as they are special. However we tend to forget to appreciate people and relationships on daily basis. This is a good reminder for us to start afresh again.

These are general tips, I am sure there are many more like these. Looking forward to your views around these workday ideas.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?

I get an email. It says “Your profile is interesting and we would like to meet you.” I’m sure a system screened my resume and assigned a bot to write me this mail. Soon I realize that the meeting has been scheduled via a Video Call. I sit back and wait for the call.  As soon as I get in the call, I see some questions on the screen and all I had to do was answer those. Some were objective and some were subjective. Soon  After I answer all the questions, the system says “Thank you Kunjal for your time, here are your results” 🙂 [2 minutes silence!!!!] I was hoping that the bot would say “We will get back to you soon with the results” But that was pretty quick (and impressive).

So, moving on. Fortunately I did crack the interview. I soon got another email inviting me for another round. I was hoping it to be in person. Well, it was in person but there was no person in the office!!!! I was surprised to see a bot moving around and soon it entered a conference room. And another bot at the reception announced my name and I walked into the conference room. To my surprise a Beam Robot welcomed me and asked how my day was going. I was speechless as I could see a human actually interacting with me through this Beam Robot. That person was some 500 miles away from this location, but it was able to move around and interact with me.

Okay, so moving on, the interview did go well and I was hopeful to make it through. To make things more interesting, the Beam Robot escorted me to the reception. Out of habit, I put my hand out for a handshake but it struck to me that it was just a robot!!!!  So, after a few days, I received a call (Not sure if it was a bot or a real human) Anyway, I was more keen to know my final result. Fortunately, I did make it through and they offered me a job.

Now the real fun begins 🙂

My first and last day at office!!!!!  Yes, you read it right. Just wait till you realize it. I was there for my Induction and it was all done by a Beam Robot. This time, there were real humans behind the screen and I was able to interact with them. Some were based outside the country, some were 300 miles away from this office. So I wondered, where will I be working from. Soon I realized that I was going to work from home. But, my new bot was going to work from this office! So I don’t get a laptop on my day one (or on the last day at the office), I get a beam robot. 😉

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PS: I had to draw this line to tell you folks to come back to reality 🙂 Trust me, this is going to be a reality soon. In fact, this has already started in some or the other way. This year’s SHRMTECH16 had this on display and it was actually moving around and interacting with participants at the conference.

So, do you think Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?! Let me know in the comments below!

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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Magic of 140 characters… 10 years and counting

Who would have thought that 140 characters could change the way we communicate. Who would have imagined that we could connect, learn and share via 140 characters. And most important part, who would have thought that we as companies and HR folks could leverage this amazing platform to broadcast, share, connect and promote.

What do you actually do on Twitter? What is the ROI of  investing time on Twitter?

I have got this questions a dozen of times. Earlier I would sincerely explain them the entire stuff, right from how it helps you build your brand, how you can connect and learn from like minded folks spread across the globe, how it helps us as HR professionals to learn about latest trends, how they can learn loads by participating in various HR Tweetchats. Well, that was past. Now I just say “It helped me get my current and previous job”

Enough of bragging 🙂 Twitter is surely an amazing platform only for those who really want to invest in self learning.

Following are some interesting insights from Twitter Influencers as to how has Twitter helped them :

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To add to these amazing insights, hope these blogs would also encourage and motivate you to explore the amazing world of Twitter 🙂

Made in India : List of CXO’s on Twitter

Welcome to the amazing world of Hashtags!!!

So what are you waiting for!!! Do go ahead and explore the “Magic of 140 characters”

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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